Saturday, July 30, 2011

Artown's Closing Night: Playing for Change

Wingfield Park

Sunday, July 31, 7:30pm

Artown's Closing Night has long been the exclamation point on an entire month of arts and culture. Join Artown on July 31 at 7:30pm in Wingfield Park to celebrate with Playing for Change. Sharing peace through music, Playing For Change is a global music collective bringing musicians from around the world together for an inspirational live performance based on the PBS show. For four years, Playing For Change traveled the world with a mobile recording studio in search of musical inspiration and sharing their recordings to unite people through music. Throughout the journey they created a family of more than 100 musicians from all walks of life that make up the Playing For Change Band. Merging genres from blues and chamber music to African choir and rock, musicians perform familiar songs in a new, collaborative style.

[image and text from Artown website]

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Art in the BRIC I

CCAI at the BRIC
Business Resource and Innovation Center
108 E. Proctor Street * [map]
Carson City

Since last fall, the Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] has presented Art in the BRIC I, a group exhibition by northern artists in the City's Business Resource Innovation Center [BRIC]. The show includes work by Carol Brown, Galen Brown, Bryan Christiansen, Sue Coleman, Jim Eidel, Carole and William Hutchison, Eunkang Koh, Sharon Tetly, and Sharon Thompson.

The exhibition is free and the public is cordially invited to stop by the BRIC to see the show. The art works are spread throughout the first floor offices and conference rooms. The building is open to the public M - F, 8am - 5pm.

Artworks in the photo are prints by Sharon Tetly from her Soul Music series. The exhibition will continue through late August.

* located at the corner of E. Proctor and Plaza Streets in historic Carson City just north of City Hall.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: Twelfth Night

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
Sand Harbor State Park at Lake Tahoe

This summer the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival presents Shakespeare's comic masterpiece, Twelfth Night, at Sand Harbor State Park. The exhilarating production features beautiful costumes, lavish sets, and one of the most talented professional acting companies in the West directed by Charles Fee.

Twelfth Night runs through August 21. For ticket information, visit LTSF at:

[image and text from Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival website]

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Artown: Last Week of July Artown Events

continues throughout Reno. Link to Artown for events, schedules, photos.

Kelly Peyton, a mixed-media artist and University of Nevada Reno student, was selected by an Artown judging committee to create the artwork that represents the 16th annual festival. Her drawing, incorporating watercolor/drawing techniques, conveys the color and energy of Artown while representing its northern Nevada roots.

[poster image from Artown website]

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Splendor in the Glass Continues at CCAI Courthouse Gallery

Splendor in the Glass
through September 9
at the
CCAI Courthouse Gallery [map]
885 East Musser Street
Carson City

The Capital City Arts Initiative's exhibition of Carole and William Hutchison’s XXL Variation III Kaleidoscope continues at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery through September 9. The exhibition is free and you're invited.

The Hutchison Studio’s XXL Variation III kaleidoscope has eight 28” diameter interchangeable wheels; the photo to the right shows William changing a wheel. The Hutchisons created the brilliantly colored wheels using a variety of glass techniques including stained, etching, foiled fused, blown tube glass, tack-fused glass, full flat fused glass, plus flower transparencies and glass jewels.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Want to Start a Radio Station?

Wednesday, July 20
12:00pm EST/9:00am PST

Click to RSVP for call-in number

A newly passed law is creating a one-time opportunity for community-based organizations to launch new radio stations in cities and towns across the United States.

Think about what your organization or community could do with its own radio station! Join us for a nation-wide conference call to learn more about how arts and culture groups can seize this opportunity.

[text, image from Art and Democracy Project press release]

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Les Musiques: Women's Music Festival

Saint Mary's Art Center
55 North R Street
Virginia City

Sunday, July 24th
10am to 10pm

Bon Fete Event Planning presents...
Les Musiques
Women's Music Festival

The event will be held on the front lawn so bring your chairs, picnic blankets, and sunscreen.

Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the gate.
For tickets and information, call Nichole Whisman of Bon Fete Event Planning at 775-315-5168;

[image and text from St. Mary's Art Center press release]

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Classical Guitarist Arina Burceva

Brewery Arts Center
449 West King Street
Carson City

Friday, July 15, 8pm

The Brewery Arts Center [BAC] launches its Classical Performance Series with a performance by Arina Burceva. The Ukrainian born musician is a popular performer at musical events around the world. Ms. Burceva is actively involved in composing her own repertoire for the guitar. Inspired by nature, art, literature, poetry and mythology, her musical style reflects elements of Jazz, Classical, Baroque, and Impressionism. BAC's beautifully restored ballroom is the perfect setting for her music.

Ms. Burceva began playing guitar at 8 years old. By the time she was a young teen she was already an accomplished musician and went on to study music as well as English and Art History in college.

Call 775.883.1976 for information.
Tickets: $15. General Admission, $13. Students and Seniors, $10. BAC Members.

Before the concert, stop in at BAC's Artisan Store from 5 - 9pm for the opening reception for the group exhibition, Here Comes the Sun. The artists' work celebrates the arrival of summer and features the work of its resident artists, Brewery instructors, and advanced students. The show is in the Artisan Store through August 15. BAC's Artisans Store features work by artists from northern Nevada and the Eastern Slope.
Rise and Shine painting on silk by Louise Noel.

[images and text from BAC website]

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Joseph DeLappe: Screen Shot

[CCAI Nevada Neighbors Alumni Joseph DeLappe opens Beijing exhibition]

Where Where Exhibition Space
Opening: Saturday, July 9, 4:00 pm
Exhibition: July 9 - 31, 2011
Curated by: Gordon Laurin

No. 319-1, East End Art Zone A, Caochangdi Village
Chaoyang District, Beijing
(in the Platform China courtyard)

Screen Shot represents Joseph DeLappe’s ongoing work to engage “First Person Shooter” (FPS) computer games as arenas for creative, political, and hacktivistic performative interventions. The artist’s fallen avatar, as recorded during his interventionist project “dead-in-iraq”, taking place within the U.S. Defense Department funded America’s Army recruiting game, is realized here as finely rendered graphite drawings. The hands of a Taliban fighter, as depicted in the controversial Medal of Honor shooter game, lay on the gallery floor - made real via a complex process of 3D data extraction and physical construction. Through these works the 24/7 global phenomena of virtually simulated contemporary warfare as “play” has been reified as images and objects of conscience.

Joseph DeLappe is a Professor of the Department of Art at the University of Nevada where he directs the Digital Media program. He is considered a pioneer of online gaming performance art. Working with electronic and new media since 1983, his work in online gaming performance and electromechanical installation have been shown throughout the United States and abroad - including exhibitions and performances in Australia, the United Kingdom, China, Germany, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Canada. He also directs the project, an ongoing web based exhibition and open call for proposed memorials to the many thousand of civilian casualties from the war in Iraq. He has lectured throughout the world regarding his work, including most recently at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. His works have been featured in the New York Times, The Australian Morning Herald, Artweek, Art in American and in the 2010 book from Routledge entitled Joystick Soldiers The Politics of Play in Military Video Game.

[image and text from the artist's press release]

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Darren Johnson at Nevada Arts Council's OXS Gallery

Nevada Arts Council
OXS [Office Exhibition Series]
716 N. Carson Street, Suite A
Carson City

The Nevada Arts Council presents The Skeletons in Our Closets Are Planning a Parade in Honor of the 2010 Census, a series of mixed media artwork by Darren Johnson through August 5 as part of the Office eXhibition Series (OXS). The gallery is open from M - F, 8 – 5 pm.

Johnson employs traditional realist techniques in unorthodox presentations to examine human interaction. While working for the US Census, Johnson witnessed a similarity between the Census process and community parades - both are communal activities involving public participation and the art of communication. Issues of trust, privacy and secrecy can develop when a person is communicating within and for the sake of a diverse civil society. The artworks in The Skeletons in Our Closets Are Planning a Parade in Honor of the 2010 Census reflect the challenges and complexities associated with these interpersonal efforts while celebrating the joy of communal activities.

Johnson received an Artist Fellowship from the Nevada Arts Council in 2010. A graduate of Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he earned his MFA from Bowling Green State University, Ohio in 2008. Now living in Las Vegas, Johnson exhibits his artwork nationally.

Call 775.687.6680 for more information.

[image and text from NAC's press release]

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Ginny Ruffner: a not so still life

Nevada Museum of Art
160 West Liberty Street

Saturday July 9 / 2 – 4 pm

In anticipation of her trip to northern Nevada, Ginny Ruffner said "I'm really looking forward to being in Reno and especially to meeting the local creative community. That landscape is particularly inspiring." Following the film, Ms. Ruffner will visit with the audience and answer questions.

The documentary film, a not so still life, peers into the kaleidoscopic mind of Ginny Ruffner, an artist as beloved for her magnanimous spirit as for her evolving "visual thought experiments." Director Karen Stanton explores the full span of Ginny's fascinating journey, from her childhood in South Carolina to her emergence as a world-­renowned artist. Meet the luminaries in her orbit, including Dale Chihuly, Graham Nash, and Tom Robbins. Witness Ginny's determination to recover from the accident that nearly claimed her life, but barely even slowed her constant re-­invention of the world around her.

Tickets for the film may be purchased at the Museum's website: $10/$8 members. For additional information, contact Colin Robertson at NMA:

[image from a Goggle search for the artist; text from the Museum and the film's producers]

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

July FWAC on Holiday

First Wednesday Arts Coffee
July 6 gathering postponed to August 3

To extend the 4th of July celebration by a couple of days, CCAI's monthly artist gathering, FWAC [First Wednesday Arts Coffee], is on holiday and will not meet Wednesday, July 6.

FWAC [First Wednesday Arts Coffee] will return on Wednesday, August 3, 4:30 - 6pm. Location to be announced on this blog. Please stay tuned.

[image from Wikimedia Commons by Pharaoh Hound]

Monday, July 04, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

Dear CCAI friends, members, supporters, artists, and colleagues,

The CCAI board and staff sends their most sincere thank yous to each of you for your enthusiasm, support, and participation that made CCAI's eighth season a great success. We also send our best wishes for a happy 4th of July. Thank you all for helping make CCAI programs possible.

[image from a Goggle search for Liberty]

Saturday, July 02, 2011


Rotunda Gallery
Clark County Government Center
500 S. Grand Center Parkway
Las Vegas

An alumni of CCAI's recent spring exhibition, The Radiant City, Justin Favela incorporates humor and art history into this site-specific sculpture installation in the Rotunda Gallery. Borrowing from works in the public art collection at CityCenter, the artist re-imagines these objects for the employees and visitors of the Clark County Government Center. CityCenter’s permanent collection of 20th and 21st century art features works by internationally acclaimed artists. Justin Favela’s COUNTYCENTER features mixed media cardboard works that cover Maya Lin’s Silver River, Frank Stella’s Damascus Gate I, Jenny Holzer’s Las Vegas, and more; all have been appropriated and modified for the Government Center site.

The Las Vegas Weekly's review of COUNTYCENTER is online at:

COUNTYCENTER will be in the in the Rotunda Gallery through July 22. For more information contact Wendy Kveck at 869-9002 or or Patrick Gaffey at the Winchester Center 455-7340. The gallery is free and open to the public. The Government Center Hours are M-F 8am - 5pm.

[image by Wendy Kveck, text from the Clark County Parks and Recreation press release]